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Floor Plan: Ian Worpole
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The Floor Plan

Here's what they did to create a sleek galley kitchen that opens up to the rest of the house and to the outside.

1. Relocated the sink to a sidewall to free up the floor space beneath the window so the homeowners can use the whole length of two soapstone countertops. The original windowsill was dropped 6 inches below the counters to bathe the prep zone in natural light.
2. Widened the passageway between the kitchen and the living room (the remaining column is structural). This allows the cook to simultaneously monitor what's bubbling on the range and socialize with guests in the next room.
3. Moved the exterior door to be adjacent to a wall of storage, so the route from the living room to the patio no longer cuts through the heart of the cooking zone. French doors now make it easier to ferry large trays of food from the kitchen to the outdoor dining table in warm months and also provide a cross breeze when swung open.
4. Added a window where the old exterior door used to be and installed a large apron-front sink beneath it. Because the new sink is positioned opposite the range, the couple need only pivot to move a water-filled pot to one of the burners.
5. Installed floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in the space formerly occupied by a makeshift walk-in pantry. The new refrigerator was recessed into a corner beside the built-ins so houseguests can help themselves to cold beverages without entering the prep, cooking, and cleanup zones.

Range: Five Star
Range hood: Faber
Espresso maker: Illy
Enameled pot: Staub
Custom cabinets: Custom Woodworking Furniture Store
Refrigerator and grill: Jenn-Air
Microwave: GE Appliances
French doors: Pella
Door hardware: Whitechapel Ltd
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